was a 1972 single by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
that was written by Shel Silverstein
that tells the true story of Shel's girlfriend Sylvia Pandolfi
Silverstein admitted that there was a real Sylvia, and he did indeed call her mother to learn the shocking truth. He even thought of pulling a Mrs. Robinson and disrupting the wedding, but he came to his senses when thinking about Sylvia's last words to him: "Shel, don't spoil it." She would never become Mrs. Sylvia Silverstein.
The video is a short documentary about the song with interviews from Sylvia's mother and Sylvia Pandolfi. [more inside]
posted by Sailormom
on Jan 28, 2013 -
An Impolite Interview with Shel Silverstein
from The Realist
, August 1961. "There were some pretty horrendous experiences in the YMCA, too. Because at the time I thought this was a place where all the he-men gather. Where young Christian men
gather, and you know. And it's not quite
like that. It makes Sixth Avenue and 8th Street late at night look like a cub scout meeting. Q. For the Benefit of our out-of-town readers, could you be more specific? A. Faggots!" [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Sep 8, 2009 -
"If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer..."
ShelSilverstein.com bills itself as "the Official Site for Kids" but, if you're familiar with Sheldon Allan Silverstein's ecclectic career
, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it. Shel was best known
for his books and poetry, but he was also a prolific songwriter
, working extensively with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show [sorry, Tripod link]
. He also wrote Johnny Cash's hit "A Boy Named Sue
" and was posthumously inducted
into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2002. More songs and stories here
. And his amazingly extensive Wikipedia page is here.
posted by amyms
on May 1, 2007 -